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Jabberwoky Jibberish Poetry Competition

“Beware the Jabberwok, my son…” So you think you’re not a wordsmith?  
Do your rhymes not flow or “…gyre and gimble in the wabe”?  
Perhaps your day was not “brillig” and your “slithy toves” weren’t slithy.  
This is then, perchance, the perfect poetry competition for you. The Jabberwoky Jibberish poetry competition held at Buckston’s Birthday Bash is the opportunity to show the Knowne World your ability to express yourself while seemingly saying nothing.

  • Include at least 5 jibberish words from the original text – EXCLUDING THE WORD JABBERWOK
  • It must be written in quatrains with a mirrored opening and closing quatrain. **A quatrain is a 4 line stanza that uses ABAB CDCD EFEF rhyme **
  • See the original poem provided at the end of the post for both an example of a quatrain and for use in deciding which five jibberish words you’ll use.
  • You may have more than one entry
  • You may have a proxy for delivery of poem and recitation

Judging done by peers during bardic circle

 The Jabberwocky: By Lewis Carroll
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

Mad About Hats Competition

Tall or short, practical or purely decorative, hats are an essential part of garb from every era.  Their methods of construction have driven many a man mad (sometimes literally!).  The Canton of Buckston-on-Eno invites all those brave enough to dare the challenge to submit a hat of their own devising to be shown and judged.  Will your hat cast shade, or will it fall to the shadow of another?  

Judges:  Populace vote, with all attendees being given one token to place into a box in front of each hat.

There will be two categories: 

 1) Best executed period-accurate headwear – To be judged by those whose own hats are pointy (Peers of the Realm) Please include brief documentation regarding who would have worn this hat and methods of construction.

 2) Wonderland’s Muchiest Hat, which most expresses the muchness of Wonderland – to be judged by the attendant populace

  • No advanced registration is required to enter.
  • No documentation is required for entry into the Muchiest category, but in the Period-Accurate category documentation of period, place, and construction methods required.
  • Your entry should be accompanied by an index card with the description of the hat on one side and your name, home group, and contact information on the other side.

A competition of static displays about medieval food or drink used for medicinal or mind-altering purposes. Information on any kind of poison, antidote, or medicine is welcome. Please include documentation with your entry.

“Who are YOU?” Garb Competition

We want to see all your creativity and talent in garb drawing from all things Alice in Wonderland.  Might there be a stripey Cheshire cat, a heart-covered queen, or a studiously dressed white rabbit in your ensemble?  Let the creative juices flow and bring it out for us to enjoy.  

The categories are as follows:

MOST CREATIVE GARB ~ The individual that has the most unique and creative garb: they are not required to have made their garb themselves. There is no period requirement – for those wanting to embrace materials and garb outside the SCA time period we welcome you! This will be a populace vote (a fun activity for all is planned).  

MOST PERIOD GARB ~ The individual that has the most period-appropriate garb: they are not required to have made their garb themselves. Documentation is not required.  This will be peer judged.